Category Archives: Natural Health

Bodhi & Birch Have A Fabulous New Website & New Product Launches Coming Soon!

Hello fellow beauty lovers, 

Bodhi & Birch have just launched  their new website, not only that they have an Organic Super-food range launching soon (oh yes) I can’t wait! Not only that but Elijah has been working on reformulating on that which was already a stunning product – The Beautiful Organic Desert Rose Face Oil. I didn’t think he could make it much better but some how he has tweaked it and it is stunning!

One of the oils he took out of this oil was wheatgerm oil which can cause people with wheat allergies some problems. So this has made the oil more open to people who could not use it before. 

One of the oils he added was an organic prickly pear oil which was a new one on me , looking at the ingredient list it is very high up on the list and I know Elijah the founder really has not scrimped in any way in the making of this oil. He only put the finest ingredients together and put in what really does need to be there. I always pick up a beautiful balance from Elijah, someone who has life in balance, he gives off that lovely nurturing feeling and he has certainly nurtured this oil and brought it to life beautifully.

I did a little read up on the prickly pear oil. It is fantastic on older skins, it plumps, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and it is packed full of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E & Vitamin K a big buzzword in the beauty industry right now. It smells soothing and wonderfully fragrant with Damask Rose and just a hint of the sharp pear coming in underneath. 

It is packed full of antioxidants so a great addition to the Desert Rose Oil which is already full of beautiful organic oils like Rosehip, Argan, Star Flower & Evening Primrose this oil is incredibly lightweight. It sinks beautifully right into your skin as the oils are so pure, the fragrance of the Damask Rose coming through and a hint of pear, not sweet pear but a hint of wonderful crisp pear.

Everything in this bottle is designed to soothe the mind and spoil your skin, give it a beautiful nourishing treat full of beautiful ingredients it is so balanced and a little bottle of joy that you really treasure. It is silken, super lightweight and it sinks completely into the skin as it is very pure and there is no residue on your face just velvety soft nourished skin. 

Bodhi & Birch have just launched their new website this weekend and with every purchase you can get a free luxe sample of the Desert Rose Oil. So go take a look here, I can recommend so many things that I love like the Pep Noir, Siam Ginger, Mint The, Rosemary Chi shower gels (yes I am a shower gel lover and hoarder!) Not forgetting the unforgettable Mint The Temple Balm guaranteed to kill all lurgy from 10ft! Great for stress, colds, flu you name it this balm helps lots!
I keep it beside my bed, it seems to kill off colds for me so when anyone is near me with the cold out comes the balm like holy water lol (works for me). 

Anyway you can check out the website for yourself and perhaps bag yourself something nice and a free sample of the Desert Rose Oil!

New website is here –   Bodhi & Birch

Bye for now 

Nicola x 

American English Luxury Vegan Youth Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.

Hello beauty lovers, 

In January I was very lucky and won a competition of some American English hair care products. At first I thought they can’t be better than what I am using! But I can very happily say that hands down they are and in fact they are much better! 

So today I want to talk about the American English Youth repair Shampoo & Conditioner – Youth Repair is a shampoo for colour treated hair. I have the most awkward hair in the world, it is superfine, lots of it, it is curly and extremely prone to frizz, it is the bane of my life it really is. Given that I live by the sea side, add in the wind and sea air, mostly my hair is in a ponytail because to keep it neat is endless when you factor in so many things. 

So the youth repair shampoo is rich in vitamin C & Omegas 3,6 and 9, it is for dry colour treated hair and is full of vitamins and amino acids to not only effectively cleanse  your hair but to help repair your hair back to a more youthful natural state. It helps to re-hydrate your hair and to strengthen the hair and help prevent breaking and snapping. 

Effectively this is high end luxury vegan shampoo hair care, free from sulphates & parabens it  has a lovely fresh unisex fragrance. I have found a little goes a long way, it gives a great lather and leaves hair feeling super clean. You can feel it has done a really good job in the shower, you get that incredibly clean feeling to your hair and scalp. Worth noting that is also has UVA & UVB protection built in too and it is ph balanced which really helps close down the cuticle locking in moisture and helping your hair colour to last longer.

American English Youth Repair Conditioner,restores elasticity with Boabab (tree of life) .Rich in vitamins A,C & E plus omegas 3,6,7, & 9 intensely conditioning  restoring, strength and vitality!

OMG I love this conditioner. It is rich and luxurious, it coats the hair really well  and you just know by how it feels on the hair it is doing your hair good! It is skincare for your hair and you can feel it instantly when you apply it to  your hair. 

Again it has that fresh revitalising scent and it feels like you are massaging beautiful silky oils and proteins into your hair , it can also be left on for longer and used as a hair mask too. 

I have personally for my hair type have found very few products that make my hair feel conditioned, the hair cuticles all appear to be flattened and running the right way My hair looks glossy and conditioned right down to the ends and I have less frizz than ever and that can be a real issue for me I am not big on a lot of hair products, just some serum or a conditioning spritz.

I honestly didn’t think I could find better than I had been using but I genuinely have, in fact it my hair looks and feels even better and the ladies in my beauty group will know this. I will more than happily buy this for myself and keep on using because not only is it vegan, clean and cruelty free it does what it says on the bottle and it is an absolute pleasure to use and my hair looks shiny, healthy, conditioned and lovely and clean! 

You can find American English products at Asos or John Lewis 

That is it for today folks, bye for now 

Nicola x

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

It is that time of the month where I get super excited when my Skin Organics Box lands at my door! This box gives me a real buzz and I avoid all spoilers (mostly). Back in the day when beauty boxes first started you used to get such a rush opening some like the Feel Unique Box, it was fab.
Then after a while you started to get lots of repeats and the thrill was lost! Well I have found that lovely rush of excitement with this Skin Organics Box .. Organic, Clean, Niche, Artisan smaller brands that are working very hard to get noticed and I have had some really stunning, beautiful products in this box, it makes me happy!

So lets get down to whats in the box! The theme of this box is Restore, Soothe & Repair.

Siskyn 100% organic – Frankincense & Jasmine Overnight Skin Boosting Facial oil – and it is full sized 30ml. This brand was new to me before I started getting this box and oh boy what a gem to find, their oils are stunning and award winning. I have used their Camellia & Safflower cleansing oil and the stunning Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel toning body oil. These oils have won a lot of awards and it is so easy to see why.
Blended with 18 plant & flower oils the Frankincense & Jasmine night oil Has powerful healing & regenerating qualities, including organic rosehip, calendula, baobab to increase collagen production, sooth and keep skin healthy. This is a really well thought out beauty night boost and it smells incredible too.

Nadarra Organic Lavender, Chamomile & Oat Bath Bag – A blend of organic lavender, chamomile and oats you just pop this bag into your bath or foot bath and let the ingredients sooth body and mind. Oats are fantastic at skin softening while the Lavender & Chamomile relaxes and soothes mind & soul.
You can use this bag twice but use it within 2 days of first use.

Gingerstone Soothing Face Mask Shot – (I wish I had the eye sight to read the back of the card lol) Anyhoo this is interesting! It contains only 3 products Rhassoul Moroccan soap clay – which is super rich in silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, lithium to help nourish skin.
Raspberry powder – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, Iron, phosphorus & calcium, it has skin stimulating properties and is very good on red skin and can reduce sebum levels.
Gingerstone Soothing Face Mask Shot that protects skin and holds in moisture.
So what I thought was a simple mask is actually a very clever mask indeed and the 3 ingredients form a very powerful balancing synergy on your skin – WOW!

Pinks Boutique, Organic Cuticle Oil – This is a lovely silky oil and a little goes a long way! I get very dry cuticles and feeling this on my skin it has instantly hydrated all the dry bits that were really annoying me.
Full of essential fatty acids, carrot oil, Vitamin E & Rose mosqueta which is full of fatty acids for the skin and helps skin regeneration. I really like this oil and I will have to get myself some more of this because I have been using a lot of oils on my cuticles and very little sunk in or nourished, this one really has made an instant difference, 5 hours later my cuticles still feel like they are hydrated and softer.

Ezapenaturals Rosemary Body Butter – LOVE!! I love Rosemary for so many reasons other than just cooking with it, i’l often throw some into my bath too as it revives frazzled mind and peps you up again, it also helps repair and protect your skin. It melts deliciously onto the skin turning into a fragrant, nourishing skin moisturiser, it is feels so luxurious on my skin and super hydrating.

Pink & Green skincare Relax & Restore Bath oil – a lovely blend of Bergamont & Lavender, this blend of oils is a recharge for the body & mind, perfect! I get a lot of mental and physical fatigue so products like this are perfect for me.

Well once again I got that wonderful rush of excitement with my Skin Organics box! There is lots of new, niche, Artisan brands to learn about and some real loves like the Syskin oils.
I truly love this box for the new products it brings to my door and for the quality of the products too!
There is a card inside with discounts off all of the companies in the box and it is just hard to beat for freshness and well I think it has become my all time favourite beauty box ever, I just love it!

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What do you think of the Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box?
There is also a card with some lovely discounts from the brands in the box which is good.

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This box not surprisingly was sold out over a week before it shipped so if you want to sign up for next month you can find it here & NICOLA10 will get you a further 10% off – Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box

That’s it for now everyone

Nicola x

New Bio-Extracts Super Serum launch Sunday the 22nd on QVC!

Hello Beauties,

There is a fabulous Bio-Extracts Trio launching on Sunday morning the 22 of January at 10am on QVC. If you have not heard of this new brand it brings pure vegan plant power packed with nutrients to you in a wide range of serums so you can be in complete control of what you put onto your skin and give it what it really needs.

I use these serums and I love them. They are vegan and free from any parabens, petrochemicals or any other nasties that can go into skincare to preserve it.

The serums are best used with the Bio-Extracts face cream, but they can be slotted into any skincare routine and that is what makes this set fantastic.

The Firming Boost I use on my number 11’s and from the cheekbones down over my neck, as that is where I need firming most .. below cheeks, under chin, neck and around my mouth. I can feel this working and have done from my very first use.

Anti-Oxidant: This works on stressed skin, should it be the stresses of weather, life (oh boy I need this at the moment) or environmental toxins.

As you get older, your skin’s ability to fight these toxins becomes weaker and ages the skin. This serum feeds the skin cells that protect your skin against the damaging effects of oxidative stress and helps prevent premature ageing on the skin (most important). It fights pigmentation, balances skin tone, dehydration & takes down enlarged, clogged pores!

Finally there is Glow Boost .. to beat the winter dullness of our skins! This intensive illuminating serum I use as an overnight treatment, under my regular serums and creams. It works to bring oxygen to the skin, it really brightens your skin and it really works to revitalise and refresh skin, putting your glow back.

You can also add 1 pump of your favourite serum to your foundation to give it a super healthy dewy finish. Or of your skin tends to dry out during the day you can refresh it by gently patting your serum over your foundation during the day too.

Anyone who wants to know what I have been using recently, I have found these serums to be fantastic and great value! They give pure nutrition to the skin and I love them. Yes I have some other items slotted in, but these go on first every time! The set comes with some skincare samples and a lovely soft vegan-leather bag.

The set will be just  £35 for 3 targeted serums that will illuminate your skin.You can find the details here Super Serums Trio 

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Bye for now

Nicola x

 

The Libbie Club Black Friday Meltdown Offers

Hey everyone,

Hope you are all well wrapped up and toasty! It went down to minus 9 here last night brrrrr!

The Libbie Club has on some incredible Black Friday offers and I will share some in pictures with you on here.

They have a month’s worth of the amazing Dr Dennis Gross exfoliating pads for £25, this is the most amazing deal. These pads really rock so to get them for less than half their usual price is amazing!

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This is top ten selection but there is lots more on the website and the prices are astounding.

So take a look and I hope you find an offer you like as there are so many price drops! Take a look for yourself here The Libbie Club

Bye for now

Nicola x

Isla Apothecary Lemongrass and Rosemary Foot Scrub.

Hey Beauties,

Isla Apothecary Lemongrass and Rosemary Foot Scrub is an absolute treat not only for the feet but for the senses too. They are a clean brand that marries all natural ingredients with the sensory power of essential oils.

The soles of our feet are one of the best places for us to receive essential oils, so make sure you massage this scrub well over the soles of your feet. It does smell amazing and totally revitalizing!

While the pumice exfoliates your feet, the aromatic rosemary and lemongrass go to work, uplifting your mind and taking any pain and swelling out of tired and sore feet. This scrub is particulary good for people who get very dry cracked feet as it will really tackle very dry sore skin.

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Rosemary is an oil I use a lot, as it has so many anti-inflammatory qualities and it is fantastic for mental fatigue, which I suffer from a lot, so I bathe in it as well and make sure I inhale lots of this lovely oil.

Lemongrass is wonderfully sharp and citrussy and good for killing off anything fungal on your feet. It is really deodorizing too so your tootsies smell lovely and fresh.

I soak my feet in a little of the product first or use after a bath to take off any softened old skin and then the new skin underneath is left silky soft and feels totally revived.

For an added boost, to give you lovely soft feet, they have added Almond and Baobab oils, full of essential fatty acids to nourish the skin on our feet and leave then feeling lovely and soft

All in all, I found this incredibly refreshing and uplifting, both for my feet and mentally too. If I have been too tired to scrub, I just put a spoonful into a footbath and let those oils go to work on soothing and pampering my feet.

There is nothing like having soothed comforted feet and a nice boost of essential oils to refresh the mind too, so this fragrant pot of loveliness is a double whammy of goodness for the body.

This is a real treat for my feet as they do get very inflamed and sore around the bones. It is heaven scented and a hardworking product that gives great results. My feet feel soothed, fresh and totally pampered.

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Isla Apothecary make all their products by hand and in small batches, to you get a high quality fresh product and you can find 20% off this scrub this month on the Libbie Club here:

It would make a lovely stocking filler for someone for sure ..

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

Bio-Extracts Vegan Cosmeceutical Ground Breaking Skincare!

Hello everyone,

It is very rare that something completely new and outstanding comes your way but in my beauty group on Facebook that is exactly what happened when a lady by the name of Marina Nubo arrived.

Marina has her own labs and her knowledge is skincare and skin is more than outstanding. This is her pride and her joy! She is passionate about what she does and her skincare is her family, so she cares very deeply about her plant ingredients and has put Bio-extracts together from her wealth of knowledge to bring you a Cosmeceutical Vegan Brand that punches way above its weight.

So onto her face creams there is 3 types light, normal and rich and the cream which have the very latest biotechnology and ingredients.  I have been using the Normal face cream but as we slide into winter I will be going onto the rich . This cream and what it does tho is anything other than normal. It has a multi Lamellar (the first of its kind) which is very similar to the skins natural Lamellar structure so it mimics and restores the skins natural barrier function and takes your serums and moisture exactly where it needs to go.

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It comes in an air tight pump dispenser jar, every dose is measured and the ingredients are super fresh and at their most potent. It is British made, cruelty free, paraben free, vegan approved and gmo free ..yet it is so full of high tech plant actives that are proven to work and give great skin results. Something a lot of women on my beauty group have remarked on.

This is also what sets Bio-Extracts apart from a lot of other vegan brands..it is the knowledge of putting together powerful plant actives into a new Llamar system that delivers fresh, potent and powerful plant actives that are so perfectly designed to not only work in tandem together but outstanding results to the women who use it.

The multi layered system in this cream is designed to take the serums which work in tandem with the cream and the vital nutrients your skin needs exactly where it needs to go boosting hydration, skin health, glow , locking that in and protecting your face from daily environmental factors .. even walking along the road now we are inhaling car fumes and it is sitting on our face causing so much irritation . This is pure skin food that protects.

Marina has put so much time and thought into every process. She has a scientific and technical mind. The more you use the products you come to realise this and how truly intelligent and well thought out this brand is!

Face creams are delivered in air tight measured doses and so are the serums. So every-time you use your products you are getting them as fresh as possible so they are at their most potent for you. Even the natural fragrance is designed to be beneficial when we inhale it.

I have to say I find this all pretty amazing considering the brand is Vegan, Clean, Paraben free, high tech and cruelty free!

Some of the serums tackle fine lines and wrinkles, they work on these not only on a daily usage but the more you use them the better the long term benefits are. The serums used alongside this face cream put you as a woman or man fully in control of what your skin needs on a daily basis.

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So for example if you need more hydration there is a Hydra Boost, a Glow Boost for tired dull skin, Anti-Redness, Exfoliating ect … It has the first EVER  Vegan  Hyaluronic Acid ever in a product!! .Want more anti-ageing and wrinkle control during the day and hydration and glow to work on your skin while you sleep .. well no problem. This has been laid out for you to cherry pick what your skin needs on a day to day basis, how clever ..

I think the whole range is  fantastic value the serums come in at just under £20 and the face creams on the website are £27, there are a few value sets on offer and you can put your skin concerns in on the website and they will tailor a set just for you!

I will be doing a post about the serums soon as there is quite a few of them and too much to fit into a single post. Something here for every skin concern and everyone and if you give it a go your skin will definitely be rewarded.

Honestly everything has been thought of here and it is impossible to find fault, my skin loves it and I know a few other ladies who are saying the same thing!  Make up goes on like a dream and doesn’t budge all day. There is no 2 o’clock shiny nose, nothing.

I really hope you take a look at this brand because it is made by a woman who truly loves what she does and working with skincare and helping peoples skincare concerns and that is how this brand was born. I have learnt so much from her and I am blown away by her brand, her knowledge and the fact she will chat away to me about skincare which I love lol.

You can get £15 off your first purchase with Bio-Extracts with my referral which is a fantastic way to start and there is a variety of multi deals on the website which you can find here:  Bio-Extracts 

Anyway that is it for now folks, I hope you enjoy!

Take care

Nicola x